These past few years have been fantastic for Team Liquid and their League of Legends team. In the span of two seasons, they’ve won the LCS championship three times with a regular season record of 37-13. This type of dominance has kept them among the top teams in North America, but they seem to struggle on the global stages. Team Liquid have yet to make an impact at the world championship, however they managed to make it all the way to the 2019 MSI finals. Unfortunately, they would come up short against G2 Esports in a 3-0 series sweep. This hasn’t settled well with any member of Team Liquid and they will be seeking revenge come summer.
As the dust settles from MSI, here are three predictions for Team Liquid going into the 2019 LCS Summer Split.
Team Liquid Make it Back to the LCS Finals
Overall, Team Liquid have put together a great start to the 2019 season. Their 14-4 regular season record was tied for the best in the LCS with Cloud9, and they opened the 2019 Spring Split with seven straight wins. Despite their recent loss to G2 in the MSI finals, Team Liquid is arguably the best team in North America. Their ability to create and ride momentum is unlike any other team in the LCS. Along with their skill, knowledge and coaching, there shouldn’t be much stopping them from contending for another championship.
With Team Liquid’s stacked roster, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll ever fall from the top. They finished the 2019 Spring Split with three members receiving 1st Team All-LCS honors, the most for any team. On top of that, Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in was named MVP for his incredible play in the bottom lane. His performance during the Spring Split was monumental in Team Liquid’s championship run, along with his partner Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng.
Doublelift Wins Summer MVP
There hasn’t been a more dominant ADC in North America than Doublelift. His K/D/A of 7.43 from the Spring Split reigned over every other ADC, and his six LCS Championships are the most ever by a single player. With CoreJJ at his side, Doublelift dominates almost all opposition in his path. This preeminence will likely carry over into the Summer Split, as he looks to be crowned the greatest player in LCS history.
Even though Team Liquid fell to G2 at MSI, Doublelift assured fans that they’ll be back. The experience gained from playing against the world’s best has definitely rubbed off.
After playing Teddy/Perkz/JackeyLove, I learned more in a month than an entire year playing LCS.
The player I am now is only good enough for finals. The one I'll be in 5 months will be good enough to win it. Big thanks to everyone who stayed up late in NA to support us.
— Yiliang Peng (@TLDoublelift) May 19, 2019
Doublelift seems to be implying how important MSI was to him as both a player and person. Now, his grasp of the game will be firmer, his synergy with CoreJJ will flow better and his mentality will be sharper. This makes him the scariest player in North America and he should easily take the MVP of the Summer Split because of it.
Team Liquid Sweeps TSM by the Hands of Jensen
There was a lot of talk this spring regarding Team Liquid’s performances against Team SoloMid. In their two regular season meetings, TSM took both matches, the first of which halted Team Liquid’s 7-0 start to the season. This gave the impression that Team Liquid wasn’t bulletproof, but that they were in fact beatable. As the season progressed, the two teams found themselves matched up in the Spring finals, where the tables were turned and Team Liquid came out on top. This was partly thanks to Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, who shut down one of the best mid laners in the world.
Jensen has been one to struggle in recent years, but that is no longer the case. His streak of seasons without an LCS championship has been put to an end and he will surely be looking to add another this summer. Jensen’s unfathomable K/D/A of 14.2 during the Spring Split was the highest in the LCS, helping him reach 2nd Team All-LCS honors. This is a great achievement, but Jensen is easily capable of making the 1st Team. His play against other top mid laners at MSI and during the Spring Split has proven that he can take Team Liquid to the next level.
With such disappointing results from their previous match-ups with TSM, it’s fair to say that Team Liquid will be hungrier come summer. Their newfound experience from MSI should help establish themselves as a bigger force in North America that teams should fear.
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